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Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) (102)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, 3200 ISO Raw
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-23 11:26
Viewed: 6208
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A monkey I shot at the Limbe Botanic Garden, 50 miles from Douala, Cameroun.

This picture illustrates one of the successes of the Limbe Wildlife Center since I introduce you a Drillus, one of the most endangered species in Cameroon. The center was able to raise baby Drillus.

The drill only lives in three countries: Cameroon's Southwest Province, South East Nigeria and Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea. They can live up to 28 years old. Some of them have a colorful large nose. With their long powerful teeth, they are said to be the lions of the rain forest.

The LWC was created in 1993 and its purpose is to protect gorillas and different kind of monkeys (like Drillus) threaten by bushmeat trade in different rainforest areas of Cameroon. It also promotes educational values to the pupils from different schools visiting the center on saturday afternoon so that they understand how critical it is to protect those endangered species and to stop encouraging eating that kind of meat.

One can discover 15 different species all originated from Cameroon. The center is skilled enough today to get births from different endangered species.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-09-23 11:37]

Very good shot!

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2007-09-23 11:59]

Hi Steven
great capture, and a good composition too.
I like the way the monkey looks at us.
fine details, POV and sharpness.
it's a very good image with an asa 3200! Didi you croped the image?
good work

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-09-23 12:13]

Hi Steven,
This is an excellent portrait! Your monkey is very focused and sharp. I like the pretty clear eyes. Colors are very natural. depth of field perfect.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-23 12:13]

Hello Steven,
Beautiful sharp photo with lovely details. Very good POV and composition. It looks a bit squinting. I think this is a mandril (female?)

Hello steve,

Beautiful shot! Detail is fantastic! The monkey's stare seems to want to tell us something! Congrats!


Hi Steven,
Very nice portrait of this monkey with a perfect timing.
I love composition and colors. Sharpness and POV are very good


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-09-23 22:10]

That is indeed a rare species, Steven.
I have never seen this monkey before.
Very sharp details in good light.
GREAT eye contact.
TFS. : )

Great sharpness. If could get whole part of the face even better.

Bonjour Steven

Très beau portrait de ce Mandrill avec une excellente capture de son regard.
La netteté est très bonne et les couleurs agréables.Je regrette juste la main coupée en bas de l'image mais ça n'est qu'un détail

Merci pour le partage


Brilliant shot. What a look and pose. So much expression in its face.

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